Asiatic Review


The Asiatic Quarterly Review was founded by Sir Lepel Griffin in 1885. Griffin founded the journal as an organ of the East India Association and employed Demetrius Boulger as editor. In 1891, the scope of the journal was expanded beyond just Indian matters to South East Asia and the Middle East and therefore the name was changed to the Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review and Oriental and Colonial Record. The third series began in 1896 and was taken over by G. W. Leitner at the Oriental Institute at Woking. In 1913, the name was constricted back to the Asiatic Quarterly Review and the journal was edited by W. MacCarthy Mann and Gilbery Lyne. In 1914, it was published from London and renamed the Asiatic Review as it was now published more frequently during the year.

The journal combined articles from the proceedings of East India Association meetings with other articles on matters relating to Asia. It also included book reviews and comments on international affairs. The journal did not shy away from political matters, and actively encouraged debates from various standpoints. The Asiatic Review is a valuable resource for information about the activities of South Asians in Britain and a number of reviews of books relating to South Asia. In 1915, the journal began a regular section 'Where East and West Meet', written by A. A. Smith, editor of the Indian Magazine and Review, which gave a record of events in Britain relating to 'Asiatic questions'. The journal ceased publication in 1952.

Other names: 

Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review and Oriental and Colonial Record

Asiatic Quarterly Review

Secondary works: 

On Leitner see: W. D. Rubinstein, ‘Leitner , Gottlieb Wilhelm (1840–1899)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2009) [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/51109]

Date began: 
01 Jan 1885
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Date ended: 
01 Jan 1952
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Books Reviewed Include: 

Karkaria, R. P. India: Forty Years of Progress and Reform (Oxford University Press, 1896)

Dutt, Romesh Chunder, England and India: A Record of Progress during a Hundred Years, 1785-1885 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1897)

Pandian, T. B., Indian Village Folk, their Works and Ways (London: Elliot Stock, 1898)

Beg, Subadar Mohammad, My Jubilee Visit to London (Bombay: Thacker & Co., 1899)

Dutt, Romesh Chunder, The Civilization of India (London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1900)

Pillai, G. Paramaswan, Representative Indians (London: Thacker & Co., 1902)

Mahtab, B. C., Studies (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1904)

Naidu, Sarojini, The Golden Threshold (London: W. Heinemann, 1905)

Mitra, S. M., The Life and Letters of Sir John Hall (London: Longmans, 1911)

Tagore, Rabindranath, Lovers' Gift and Crossing (London: Macmillan, 1918)

Tagore, Rabindranath, Mashi and Other Stories (London: Macmillan, 1919)


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Gottlieb Leitner


G. W. Leitner was a Jewish educationist. He moved to London in about 1858 having studied Islam in Constantinopole. He studied divinity at King's College London and then taught Arabic, Turkish and modern Greek. In 1864 Leitner was appointed principal of the Government College at Lahore, and spent the next fifteen years in India. He helped to raise money to transform the Government College into the Oriental University of the Punjab. He founded a number of schools, societies, established journals in India and wrote a number of travelogues.

In 1881, Leitner returned to England. In 1883 he established the Oriental Institute in Woking. This teaching institute also contained an Oriental Museum and a notable art collection. In 1896 Leitner began to edit the Asiatic Review from the Institute. In 1889, the Shah Jahan Mosque was established in the Institute, with a bequest from Shah Jahan, the begum of Bhopal.

Published works: 

History of Indigenous Education in the Panjab since Annexation and in 1882 (Patiala: Languages Dept., Panjab, 1871)

Introduction to a Philosophical Grammar of Arabic (Lahore: Indian Public Opinion, 1871)

Sinin-i-Islam: Being a Sketch of the History and Literature of Muhammadanism, and their Place in Universal History (Lahore: Indian Public Opinion, 1871-6)

The Theory and Practice of Education, with Special Reference to Education in India (Lahore: s.n., 1871)

Native Self-Government in Matters of Education (London: East India Association, 1875)

A Detailed Analysis of Abdul Ghafur's Dictionary of the Terms used by Criminal Tribes in the Panjab (Lahore: Punjab Govt. Civil Secretariat Press, 1880)

Kafiristan: the Bashgeli Kafirs and their Language (Lahore: Dilbagroy, 1880)

Indigenous Elements of Self-Government in India, with Special Reference to the Panjab and more particularly in Matters of Education (London: East India Association, 1884)

On the Sciences of Language and of Ethnography with Special Reference to the Language and Customs of the People of Hunza (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1890)

Dardistan in 1886, 1889, and 1893 (Woking: Oriental University Institute, 1893)

The Hunza and Nagyr Handbook: Being an Introduction to a Knowledge of the Language, Race, and Countries of Hunza, Nagyr, and a part of Yasin (Woking: Oriental University Institute, 1893)

Dardistan in 1895 (Woking: Oriental University Institute, 1895)

Date of birth: 
15 Sep 1840
Secondary works: 

Rubinstein, W. D., ‘Leitner , Gottlieb Wilhelm (1840–1899)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2009) [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/51109]

Archive source: 

Correspondence with Lord Kimberley, Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Other names: 

Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner

Date of death: 
22 Mar 1899
Location of death: 
Bonn, Germany
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